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In a village in prewar Eastern Europe, young Pinchas Blitt is surrounded by colorful characters, vivid stories and the rich language and traditions of his ancestors. As anti-Semitism rises, Pinchas is beset by fears, but he finds belonging in family, Jewish texts and prayers. In 1939, Pinchas adapts to the new Soviet occupation, but when the Nazis arrive, his beloved village is decimated, and he and his family must flee. A precarious existence on the run brings Pinchas face to face with his own mortality and faith, and with a sense of dislocation that will accompany him throughout his life.
About the Author
Pinchas Blitt was born in Kortilisy, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1931 or 1932. He immigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Montreal, where he attended teacher's college and law school. In addition to a long career as a lawyer, Pinchas was involved in the Yiddish theater community in Montreal for many years. Pinchas has three children. He lives in Montreal with his wife, Gisele.